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We are a Latino Wine Company


Our store opened in March 2016, but our concept was founded in 2011. We spent time building our expertise in order to craft a unique experience that could bring the best of Latin America to our community in Washington, DC. We proudly represent the history and vibrant culture of the Caribbean, Central America and South America, all integrated in a cultural retail space in the heart of the nation's capital.

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We are a Latino Wine Company


Our store opened in March 2016, but our concept was founded in 2011. We spent time building our expertise in order to craft a unique experience that could bring the best of Latin America to our community in Washington, DC. We proudly represent the history and vibrant culture of the Caribbean, Central America and South America, all integrated in a cultural retail space in the heart of the nation's capital.

WHAT'S CATA? / ¿QUÉ SIGNIFICA CATAR?

Catar is a Spanish verb meaning the tasting of foods or beverages to determine their characteristics and flavors. For other key terms, check out our glossary.

Visit our #DailyCata tasting bar section of the shop where we always have vinos to catar. We also host weekend tastings, classes, and special events. 


Who We Are / Quienes somos

Grand Cata's co-founders, Julio and Pedro, met in 2009 while working at a media development NGO in Washington, DC. Through their shared interests and passion for the wine, food, and culture of their respective Andean and Caribbean heritage, they became best friends and began developing the concept of their own business: a Latino wine company. 


Pedro J. Rodríguez, Co-Founder, CEO

Pedro was born in California and grew up in his native Puerto Rico. He moved to DC in 2007 and began a career in international media development after completing grad school in Barcelona, Spain. He quickly realized he had even bigger dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and working directly with what he loves: food, wine, people, and Latin American culture.

Since Pedro began his wine career in 2010, he has earned multiple management positions in retail, simultaneously gaining valuable experience in the DC market while building the groundwork for his own business.

Pedro is an advanced certified Wine and Spirits professional by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). He is also a huge fan of Fútbol Club Barcelona ¡¡Visca el Barça!!. He can be reached directly at pedro@grandcata.com.

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Julio R. Robledo, Co-Founder, President

Julio is a Chilean journalist who took his passion and curiosity out of the newsroom and into the world of wine. When he moved to DC in 2007, he worked a retail position to expand his palate and practice his English. During this period, he realized the opportunity to share the unique wine and gastronomic culture from his native region with the community. Now, after seven years of industry experience, including working as a wine broker and wholesaler, he is committed to making this vision a reality.

His favorite wines and foods are the ones that transport him to the salty air and sea of his hometown Arica on the Pacific coast of the Atacama Desert. 

Julio is an advanced certified Wine and Spirits professional by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). He can be reached directly at julio@grandcata.com.


OUR TEAM / NUESTRO EQUIPO

We are a friendly, knowledgeable, and bilingual group of catadores enthusiastic to help you make the most of your Grand Cata experience while sharing our Latin culture. Want to join us?

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